Andrew Proud

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The Rt Revd
Andrew Proud
Bishop of Reading
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
Installed 2011
Other posts Bishop for the Horn of Africa (2007–2011)
Ordination c. 1980[1]
Consecration c. 2007[1]
Personal details
Born (1954-03-27) 27 March 1954 (age 61)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Spouse Janice[2]
Children Two children[1]
Alma mater King's College London
School of Oriental and African Studies

Andrew John Proud (born 27 March 1954[3]) is the current area Bishop of Reading in the Church of England (Diocese of Oxford). He was formerly the Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa in the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East (Diocese of Egypt).

Education and ministry[edit]

Proud graduated from King's College London and studied for ordination at Lincoln Theological College. He was ordained a deacon in 1980[4] and began his ministry with a curacy at St Mary's, Stansted Mountfitchet. In 1981 he was ordained priest. In 1983 he became Team Vicar of Borehamwood until 1990, when he moved to Hatfield, where he was an assistant priest in the team ministry until 1992. From that point until 2001, he was Rector at St Mary's East Barnet before he returned to university.

Proud undertook a master's degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London during 2001–02, before relocating to Adis Ababa, Ethiopia to be Chaplain at St Matthew's Church. While there, he was made a canon of All Saints' Cathedral, Cairo in 2005. Between 2007 and 2011, he was the Area Bishop for the Horn of Africa in the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East Diocese of Egypt[1] (based in Adis Ababa). On 17 January 2011, the British Government and the Diocese of Oxford announced Proud's appointment as the area Bishop of Reading and he was installed at Reading Minster on 16 April 2011.[1][2]

Marriage and family[edit]

Proud is married to Janice, who is a plant physiologist. They have two adult children and one grandchild.[1]


  • Andrew Proud (1954–1980)
  • The Revd Andrew Proud (1980–2005)
  • The Revd Canon Andrew Proud (2005–2007)
  • The Rt Revd Andrew Proud (2007—present)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Number 10 — Suffragan See of Reading
  2. ^ a b Diocese of Oxford — New Bishop of Reading Announced
  3. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  4. ^ Crockfords (London, Church House, 1995), ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Stephen Cottrell
Bishop of Reading